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Gaming Review & Critique by (and of) S. John Ross

Reviews I've Written

For a time, I wrote reviews for a living in the computer-game industry. To read those; you'll need to scrounge up old issues of Interactive Entertainment and Strategy Plus. I wrote as a staff editor, so I don't have any republishing rights (or any that I'm 100% certain of), and, sadly, they aren't archived anywhere online that I'm aware of. The few reviews included here relate to pen-and-paper gaming (the kind I love the most):

Reviews of My RPG Work

I've included just about any reviews I know of - positive or negative. I exclude reviews only on the following grounds: (A) My portion of the book is too trivial to consider myself a real contributor (Hero Games' Predators, for example, where I only contributed an "in-character" recipe for cannibal chili) and (B) Reviews of multi-author books (like the Revelations Cycle titles or Digital Web 2.0) where the specific review doesn't touch on my contributions. I include reviews where my contributions are noted (even praised and cited) but mistakenly attributed to another (d'oh - two of the Pulp Hero reviews do this).

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Finding and choosing the reviews can be tricky because RPG reviews can only cite the credits the reviewer knows of, and RPG credits tend to be a little dodgy. So, please email me if you know of a review I've overlooked! Like most game writers, I have a long history of being both under- and over-credited in both a large handful of books, plus a couple of years worth of White Wolf and Inphobia magazines (where I was frequently credited as a cut-and-pasted holdover from years past). There's even a module out there (published in the 90s by Atlas Games) where I'm credited as a playtester, and I never even knew the module existed until I browsed through it at a used bookstore. Eek.

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